Friday, August 19, 2011

Aug18_MamaAnna In our lives… We are enjoying our time back home even though Anna is really missing her grandparents. I took a week of vacation starting Wednesday, so we can spend the last days before a new school year as a family. Anna is finally very excited about starting school and can’t wait for Monday. She will be in a combo class K-1, where kindergarteners and first graders have separate curriculums, but also take some classes together. I think a mixed-age classroom will be good for her even though she will be by far the youngest child there. Everyone is raving about her teacher, and Anna is already walking around telling everyone that she has the best teacher in the world and the only teacher who is even better is Ms Frizzle from the Magic School Bus series.

Aug18_Homework Afterschooling was slowly restarting this week. Since daughter is so excited about her school, she has been begging for homework. I pulled out our Daily Math Grade 1 book, and we were doing “reading response” work. We didn’t have much time for anything else, since we decided to spend a lot of time in our community pool while we can.



Places we are going… We brainstormed collectively where we want to go during our vacation time and decided on Gilroy Gardens. Anna loves this park, and she had fun despite a rather hot day. We stayed a record 3+ hours without any whining or complaining. We also had the first playdate with her future classmates – a great way to meet the kids and the parents before the school starts. Today we will also have “Meet the Teacher” in her school.

My favorite this week is watching how far Anna has progressed in swimming this summer. She is very confident in the water – diving, floating on her back and practicing swimming – not because someone is making her, but because she really wants to be able to swim to the deep end of the pool. I don’t think she is quite ready for the deep end yet, but it’s exciting to see her developing this skill, which I view as an essential life skill.


Mom and Kiddo said...

How great that she is progressing with her swimming. That's the one activity my kids can complain their way out of: swimming classes. They must learn how to swim.

MaryAnne said...

It is hard to compete with Ms. Frizzle, isn't it!

I plan to put my kids in swimming lessons next summer. It is a critical life skill, and one I never learned properly! I can swim, but not well. I want them to be much more comfortable in the water than I am!

Anna looks so pleased riding that carousel =)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Wow! A teacher better than Ms. Frizzle? Her teacher has some interesting shoes to fill :)

Debbie said...

I am so excited to hear how Anna does in school. I can't believe our little girls have grown so much, especially to the point that they are starting school. It seems like only yesterday we were first meeting and they were both in diapers. I agree with Leah, boy her teacher has some shoes to fill.

Kim said...

I'm so glad Anna will be in the K-1 class. That will be perfect for her. I can't wait to hear how she does. It's wonderful that she likes the teacher, and really nice that you could meet the class before school starts!
Swimming sounds like it's going so well. Hurray! Have a great weekend!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I hope Meet the Teacher went well! How wonderful that she got to meet some of her classmates before school starts.

Ticia said...

So will it be an all day class since it's with the first graders?

Those are some big shoes to live up to.

Elise said...

I am happy for you that you have heard such positive things about Anna's teacher.

Anna has done so well with her swimming this summer. She must feel so proud of herself.